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Women of Polynesia. T Barrow with Polynesian Studies by H Sieben and introduction by Bengt Danielsson. 1967 stated 1st edition. Seven Seas Publishing, Wellington


This book showcases the role of women in Polynesia, looking at the different Islands of Polynesia and their cultures, with traditional accounts and accounts from the earliest Europeans

Very detailed text accompanied by wonderful drawings, paintings and photography
New Zealand Maori are included, as well as Samoa, Cook Islands, Tahiti, Tonga, Fiji, Hawaii, and others

Polynesian characteristics and types of beauty, body care and cleanliness, clothing tattoo and ornament
Religious concepts; social structures; marriages and family
Arts and crafts.
Modern Polynesia


Repros of paintings by Gauguin, Lindauer; John Louis Steele are shown in full colour
Many repros of very old drawings and old photos incl: Arawa women c1900; tattooed woman Marquesas Islands; Samoan women 1890s; Ngarimu Mawene Hehua, Ngatiawa, Hutt Valley; Ruruhira Ngakuira; Governor Boki of Oahu and his wife Liliha 1824 …
Modern full page coloured plates by Sieben
Poems in English, Maori and other Polynesian language


243pp; b/w and coloured photos; bibliography; large heavy hard covers, linen covers; very good condition
Dust jacket; good condition; wear at corners, small loss spine head, three small tears – the largest of which is top front and repaired

A very handsome and very rare book. A true collector’s item


Text Copyright 2009
Collectible Books, Napier




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